Northern Michigan University values its partnerships with other colleges and universities.  Agreements with our college partners fall into one of two categories: Articulation Agreements and "Reverse Transfer" Agreements

NMU also accepts many Michigan MiTransfer Pathways at the statewide level for public community college students.

For general transfer information, Major Equivalency Guides, and course equivalencies visit our Transfer Credit page

Articulation Agreements

These are formal agreements/partnerships between NMU and at least one other college or university to provide a clearly documented path from a specific academic program or degree at another college to a specific academic program or degree at NMU.  In some cases, the agreements are general in order to guarantee a transfer of credits or to fulfill some requirements at NMU. 

If you were following an agreement that you do not see on this list, please contact us immediately at transfer@nmu.edu.

Bay de Noc Community College

Bay Mills Community College

Central Michigan University

Grand Valley State University

Nicolet College

Guaranteed Admissions Agreement


Northcentral Technical College

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

“Reverse Transfer” Agreements

These formal agreements guarantee the acceptance of NMU credits to be transferred back to the other party of the agreement.  This provides students an option to potentially complete an associate’s degree (or Michigan Transfer Agreement) at their previous institution while continuing their studies at NMU (i.e., after the student transfers).

These can be complicated to understand, and we recommend working with an NMU admissions counselor and a counselor at the other institution if you are considering this path.

We currently have “reverse transfer” agreements with the following institutions:

    MiTransfer Pathways

    MiTransfer Pathways are a Michigan statewide initiative to assist transfer students in select associate degree programs choosing to pursue a bachelor's degree at a Michigan university. Faculty from across the state have identified courses students may complete at a community college during their first and second year which will transfer smoothly to the corresponding bachelor's degree program at all participating universities. It is also recommended that students participate in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) Program at their community college to complete their General Education requirements at NMU. 

    Pathways at NMU

    Expired Articulation Agreements

    These are past articulation agreements that have since expired and are not honored. They are being provided for informational and reference purposes only, and should not be used to plan coursework at Northern Michigan University. If you have questions about an articulation agreement, please email transfer@nmu.edu.

    Bay de Noc Community College

    Fox Valley Technical College

    Delta College

    Gogebic Community College

    Lansing Community College

    Macomb Community College

    Nicolet College (WI)

    North Central Michigan College

    Northcentral Technical College

    Oakton Community College